Forever Green

Spring is just around the corner and we can look forward to spending more time outdoors and enjoying our gardens.

We’ve chosen some items from our special collections with a garden theme.  All of the items are from our collection of art treasures.

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This delightful image is of a design for Attingham Park, Shropshire by Humphrey Repton.  Repton was a landscape gardener in the eighteenth century, widely considered to be the successor to Capability Brown. He produced a series of Red Books to show clients what he envisaged for their park. The books are beautifully illustrated with watercolours and explanatory notes. The pictures have overlays to show ‘before’ and ‘after’ views of the park.

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How to… Employability

 

Each month Library staff put on a drop-in event and this month’s theme is Employability.  

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As a BCU student you are working towards becoming a professional graduate at the end of your degree and beyond. The library has many resources for your course and those relating to knowledge transfer, coaching, mentoring, leadership, health and wellbeing to enhance your employability skills.

Come and find out more at one of the drop-ins below:

Day Location Time
Mon 18 March Curzon Library 12pm to 2pm
Tue 19 March Margaret Street Library 12pm to 1pm
Wed 20 March Seacole Library 10am to 12pm
Thu 21 March Vittoria Street Library 12pm to 1pm

 

Take a look at the university Career+ pages too for information on careers and employability.

 

^Posted on behalf of Huizhe Jin and Janet Fox, Customer Services Librarians

LIKE event – January 2019

We had another LIKE meeting on Wednesday 30th January. This is an informal get together of library staff, where we share visits, conferences and any other information that might be of interest to the team. We were joined this time by our former colleague Alison, who now works for the NHS library service. It was great to see her and hear the goings on in NHS library world!

We talked about lots of topics over the course of two hours, but briefly:

Space!

A hot topic in the university at the moment, we touched upon it when discussing visits to Nottingham Trent University, University of Birmingham, and a conference attended about digital and physical library spaces.

We talked about the different ways universities are using, monitoring and evaluating space, as well as how library space is used by different people.

We were also interested in seeing space monitoring solutions in action – systems that can tell if a space is being used, which can also then display that information on screens for library users.

We enjoyed Nottingham Trent’s roof garden and thought we could look at promoting our own for the University’s Go Green initiative.

Resources for health students

It was great having Alison in from the NHS. Health students on practice are usually able to register with their trust library, and get access to physical and electronic resources in addition to what they get with the university. Alison updated us on what students have access to, and we discussed how we can promote these services more to our placement students. We also talked about the impact various different changes to resource access within the NHS might have on the services we provide.

Presenting data

One conference attended was about statistics and stories. One thing we’ve often mentioned doing is following up some of our queries/sessions to get a sense of their usefulness in practice, and this is what Public Health England have done to assess the impact of their service on users. Another is using images to present data in a more visual, manageable way, which might be a good way of helping a wider audience digest some of our service/collection statistics.

And finally…

The library contributed to International Women’s Day on 8th March (but celebrated throughout the month) – this was discussed at the LIKE event.

How to … start your research

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Every month Customer Services staff put on a pop up “How to …” event visiting each of our four libraries and provide students with information and support about various different topics. Past How to events have covered getting started in the library, where to find study spaces and using our libraries over the vacation.

This month’s theme is “How to … start your research” and library staff will be on hand to show you how to search the library’s resources, book a tutorial with a librarian, and find out how Centre for Academic Success and Personal Development Department (PDD) (City South) can help you too.

Research from the University of Huddersfield has found there is a statistically significant correlation between library usage and final degree result.

Learning how to use the library and search can potentially help you gain better marks, and save time too so pop along to one of our sessions below:

Day Location Time
Monday

25 February

Curzon Library 12pm to 2pm
Tuesday

26 February

Margaret Street Library 12pm to 1pm
Wednesday

27 February

City South Library 11am to 1pm
Thursday

28 February

Vittoria Street Library 12pm to 1pm

 

^Published on behalf of Janet Fox and Huizhe Jin, Customer Servcies Librarians

Downtime for full-text links

ExLibris, providers of our link resolver software which allows you to link to and download full-text content, will be performing some scheduled maintenance. Unfortunately while the scheduled maintenance takes place full-text links for many of our eResources will be unavailable.

When will this happen?

From Saturday 9th February at 1:00am for up to 24 hours until Sunday 10th February 2019 at 1:00am.

What services will be unavailable?

The A-Z of eJournals will be unavailable along with full-text links for many of our eResources, including eJournals and eJournal articles, from:

  • Subject LibGuides
  • Library catalogue
  • Library website search
  • Summon
  • Google scholar
  • Databases

Where can I search for information?

During the scheduled maintenance you can search our Library catalogue for books and eBooks and use our Subject Guides to directly access databases and websites on your chosen subject.

For example, using the Business: Strategy, HR and Marketing subject guide as illustrated below, use the Finding Information tab to click on the link for Online Resources and Websites:

Subject Guide

Online resources and websites include lists of databases and websites where you can search for information. By accessing databases such as ABI/INFORM Global and ABI Trade & Industry or Mintel directly you may still be able to access the full-text content they contain.

Subject Guide 2

For a full list of databases visit our A-Z Databases list.

If you continue to experience problems with links to full-text content after the scheduled maintenance please drop us an email at elibrary@bcu.ac.uk.